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Mostar – A bridge and a nest

Two iconic landmarks in Mostar: The sniper’s nest and the old bridge. Destructive and constructive, the contrasts couldn’t stronger and the impact of both is powerful. The sniper’s nest resides or rather comprises an entire building situated about 1km from … Continue reading

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Sarajevo’s Bright Spot

Snow! Our bus was parked for a few minutes as we made our way from Serbia to Bosnia-Herzegovina. We were heading over a mountain pass that put us high enough to see some flurries. The snowflakes dusted the landscape around … Continue reading

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Arrival in Serbia

For those who can read cyrillic or the title for this blog entry, you’ll know that we’ve arrived in Belgrade. Belgrade began of foray into the worn torn states of Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia. The impacts of the war weren’t … Continue reading

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Classical Cave Concert

Of all places to be listening to John Philip Sousa, a cave in Romania was the last place I would have imagined. With bats. Fluttering around the damp air and hanging from the limestone, the little critters seemed to be … Continue reading

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Maramureş churches, a tale

Corina heard the muffled clank of the metal on wood from up the hill. The shrouds of damp fog were doing their best to engulf the sound, but the tone like claves being struck pierced the mist. Corina let her … Continue reading

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A EUnified Europe?

Since 2007, Bulgaria and Romania have been members of the EU. It seems like a tenuous relationship with the rest of Europe at best. The following observations were made from a very small number of people from various backgrounds in … Continue reading

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An introduction to Romanian cuisine

I’m rather uneducated when it comes to the foods of the world. It comes as no surprise that where my ignorance is greatest, stereotypes do their best to the fill the voids. My image of Romanian cooking was about as … Continue reading

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Life in the woods and mountains of Brasov

Heavily forested woods surround us on all sides. The air is cool and crisp with the leaves turning to match the fires burning in the hearths on autumn evenings. The ground beneath our hiking boots tries desperately to foil our … Continue reading

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Chance encounters of the Bulgarian kind

Something happened when we signed up for couch surfing. Even before our first experience in Europe, something changed in our philosophy towards travel and people. It was as if our world was being turned inside out. The compass was doing … Continue reading

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Couch surfing redux in Veliko Tarnovo

Early morning. 2:00am early morning. A slight drizzle and I’m standing outside the border guards house shivering. Tonight we cross from the East into the West – Turkey to Bulgaria. It’s exactly as I would have imagined it. Cold, rainy, … Continue reading

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